New York Islanders defenseman Sebastian Aho has been arrested for drunk driving in his home country of Sweden, according to Swedish news outlet Norran.
Aho was arrested around 10:30 a.m. Swedish local time on August 13 as he was returning home after visiting a friend the previous night.
“I deeply regret and learn from this mistake and will definitely never drive again the next day,” Aho told Norran.
Following the arrest, Aho had his driver’s license suspended and he was fined 40,000 Swedish crowns, the equivalent of US$3,777.06.
« We were made immediately aware of the situation regarding Sebastian Aho, » Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement posted on the Islanders’ Twitter account. “We have a copy of the police report showing that he recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.03, which is 0.01 above the legal limit of 0.02 in Sweden.
« Sebastian apologizes for his mistake and as an organization we will work with him to ensure this never happens again. »
Aho’s blood alcohol content of 0.03 is said to be legal in the United States, which has a legal limit of 0.08, but is 0.01 higher than the legal limit of 0.02 in Sweden.
Aho had a career year in 2021-22, establishing himself in a bigger role in the NHL with 36 games, along with two goals, 10 assists and 12 points, all career highs. However, he struggled defensively, along with the rest of the team in what was a poor year for the Islanders. Aho found himself on the wrong side of the ice the most often last season, with a shot attempt share of 43.49% and an expected goal share of 41.09% at even strength.
Aho is entering a new two-year contract with a cap of $825,000, a contract he signed on July 9, just before this offseason. He’ll be looking to continue to earn a consistent spot on the Islanders’ blue line and help the team return to the playoffs after missing last season.